CFO SignalsTM: 2014 Q1 Results

A breakout year for corporate growth? Maybe. Maybe not.

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Highlights: CFO SignalsTM Q1

Last quarter marked the first calendar year in which CFOs’ own-company optimism stayed net positive for all four quarters. In fact, the proportion of CFOs citing improving optimism exceeded the proportion citing declining optimism by a wide margin for the entire year.

But last quarter’s findings became less encouraging when we noted that key indicators, such as sales, earnings, investment and hiring growth expectations were all on a downward trend. Moreover, CFOs’ responses to a variety of questions seemed to indicate they were still not planning for substantial growth – and that a growing number were becoming more tentative as they entered 2014.

This quarter looks and feels a lot like the last. CFOs are again optimistic, but their near-term growth expectations are again weak. And there are again rising signs of conservatism and tentativeness.

What else are CFOs saying? Download the 2014 Q1 CFO Signals report at the top of this page to find out.

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